Good Morning everyone, and a good morning it is !! The sun is out, supposed to be out for much of the day..
Momma Nature must have taken a few boxing lessons: that's a real 'one-TWO' punch you folks out east are getting !!
Well I fell victim to the deep snow here, [yeah, we have had a lot of it too, just missed the last two]
My old barn across the driveway, is a hodge-podge of buildings, covered areas, lean-to's etc.
And some of it was built like the old sections of my house that I bulldozed and rebuilt a few years back, meaning LOUSY.
So I was out giving the feral/wild [mostly] barn cats some cat food and water, and I heard a loud crack.. though OH *censored*.
Went around to the back of the barn which has a concrete pad, covered by a tin roof. under the roof is a friend's Pontoon boat, and old cube-truck, and an old motorhome... yeah, i know, I'm a packrat.
The back section of roof is where the pontoon boat is stored each winter. and the roof overhead recieves not only some drifted snow if the wind and weather is right, but it also catches the sliding off snow from the barn roof above.
The resulting build up was a lot deeper than I had thought. Not that I'd thought much about it,, it's out of sight, out of mind. The roof 'joists' are 2x10's and should be doubled 2x12's.. and they had split sometime in the distant past, and had poorly added 'splints' nailed on..
The nails pulled out from the splints, the roof was coming down..
As I watched, another 'CRACK' and I saw the roof sag some more.. There was a length of 2x8" leaning against the barn nearby, I grabbed it, it thankfully was close enough to being the right length and I jammed it under one of the cracked, splitting roof joists.. At least the roof wouldn't come down any further.. but what a mess.
My buddy who stores his pontoon here was home, I told him about the impending insurance claim for a new boat,
and he came a runnin'
I had a few errands to run, took the truck instead of the minivan, stopped at the lumber yard on the way back, got a load of 6x6's, 4x6's and brought them back.
He was there, I'd also called another friend, the one helping put up the big addition on the shop. He came over too.
Between the two of them, they jury-rigged a few props under the worst of it..
and then got up on the roof and shoveled much of the snow off the roof.
I think it will keep until a couple of those ladies show up: May, or June. even the mis-spelled Julie [July] .
So, today I will give a 'coal-burning' course 101 to a new forum member who lives only about 20 miles away, he's coming over to see some black rocks burn and look at some stoves and share some ideas and have some coffee.
I did shovel a path through the big snow drift on the back deck,, it's deep and it needs to go !! or It will all be water standing and trapped under the deck and against my new basement wall, and then being forced down and under and I'll just be pumping it away with the sump pump.. what a waste.. so I'll generate some energy instead of burning electricity.. muscle energy.. LOL.. now, where is the bottle of Motrin ?
OK got to get some stuff done..
I hope everyone is OK through this next load of snow.. all you east coast people.. what did you do to piss off Momma Nature??